(Tropicana Park at Sonoda Field, Kaumakani) The Ohana Motors Rebels cruised to a 17-11 thrashing of the cunning Ohana squad. The Rebels offense piled up 28 hits and scored the max 5 runs in 3 of their 6 innings. The win brings the Rebels’ record to 20 and 3 with one game remaining on the schedule.
Five of the ten Rebels in the line-up had perfect days at the plate with Russ McCluskey leading the way going 4 for 4 with three triples and four RBI’s. Mark Koehler and Joed McCluskey were 4 for 4 as well while Larry Rego and Kit Alderete went 3 for 3 during their visits to the batter’s box. Clay Carvalho added 3 hits in 4 times at bat and Myles Yoshida helped the cause going 2 for 3, J Robertson paired hits as well. In their two league games this season against Ohana, the Rebels have banged out a prodigious total of 62 hits.
Gary Yates notched his 6th victory of the season against a lone loss. The right-hander was peppered for 21 hits over 7 innings while only 11 runs crossing the plate. After taking a 10 to nothing early lead, Yates was able to keep Ohana at bay throughout the game.
After blanking the Ohana line up in order in the first, the Ohana Motors bats went right to work in the bottom of the first with a lead-off single by Robertson. Lambert Alapai drilled a laser into right field to set the table for the first of Russ McCluskey’s three triples. The left-handed hitter went to the opposite field with a shot into the gap in left that scored both of the runners and got McCluskey safely around to third base. Mark Koehler started his own fantastic day with a screaming bullet into dead left pushing another run across the plate. Joed McCluskey was not going to be left out of the fun as he rifled a shot up the middle to put two aboard. Clay Carvalho = who was moved to left center for the game – got a sweet letter-high fastball and belted a line drive into right knocking in the Koehler run. Gary Yates hit a high fly ball for the first and only out of the inning. The ball held its loft long enough for Joed to tag and score the fifth run to bring the opening inning to a close with the Rebels up 5-0.
Yates was touched for three hits in the second inning. A splendid double play by Lambert Alapai erased the first hit with the shortstop gloving a sharp grounder, stepping on second base bag and firing to first for a slick two outs. Back-to-back singles put a couple of runners on, but Alapai went back to work and scooped up a shot and made a quick toss to second for the force-out to end the inning.
The Rebels started the second inning with two hits that placed runners at first and third. A little blooper was deemed an “infield fly” and the rule made the hitter out automatically. With the ball not handled cleanly, the runner from first sprinted to second only to be thrown out on the attempt – giving Ohana a double play. A fly ball to left ended the inning without a run scoring.
Yates coasted through the top of the third with two fly balls to the outfield and the pitcher snagging a line drive up the middle for the final out. The one hit in the inning was stranded.
The Rebels posted another 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the third behind six straight hits. With one out, Russ McCluskey ripped a ball through the first baseman for a hit. Koehler followed up with a line drive into right to scoot the runner around to third. Joed delivered once again with another line drive into center to score the run and keep two on base. Clay Carvalho roped a missile wide of the outstretched right centerfielder’s glove and sprinted for a double knocking in another run. With the outfield playing a bit shallow, Gary Yates lofted a high fly into center that just sailed over the center fielder’s head to clear the bases with another 5-run inning for the Rebels and a 10-0 lead after three complete.
The Rebels finally gave up three runs in the fourth. The speedy Dean Matsumoto led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly ball into left. Ohana kept the pressure on with another single into left field followed by a fly ball into right center that Myles Yoshida put away for the second out. A double, two singles, and a base on balls brought in two more runs to pull Ohana within 7 runs at 10 to 3.
Kit Alderete started the bottom of the fourth with a booming fly ball to the wall in right field that caught the fielders short of the ball. As Ohana scrambled to get the ball back to the infield, Alderete raced around the bases touching them all for a home run and an 11 to 3 Rebel lead.
Ohana tacked on four runs in the fifth inning on an error to the first batter and then five straight hits into the shallow nether-lands of the outfield. With a big lead, the Rebels were giving some room and the short shots fell in safely as the first four batters all scored. The Rebel right-hander then got out of the inning with a line drive to third, a ground ball to Joed at first, and a foul ball pop up grabbed by Larry Rego behind the plate. The rally gave some encouragement to the visiting team as Ohana trimmed the score to 11 to 7.
The Rebels added one more in the home half of the fifth inning, starting with Russ McCluskey’s second triple of the game. Koehler chased him home with a liner into center for his third hit. Joed picked up his third hit but the two runners were stranded on a fielder’s choice and a fly ball into right center to end the inning with the rebels up 12-7.
Yates – with a lot of help from Mark Koehler – put down Ohana in order in the sixth with three consecutive fly balls into left field that Koehler tracked down single-handedly as the rest of the team looked on in admiration.
The Rebel bats got hot again in the bottom of the sixth with a Rego hit to third that was too hot to handle. Alderete rolled a hit to second base to put two on. After an out was recorded Robertson stroked a ball through the hole into right to score a run and move Alderete around to third. Alapai scorched a wicked line drive headed to right that was speared by the first baseman preventing a sure RBI and extra base hit. Russ ignored the coach’s command of no fly balls and blasted a high fly into the deep recesses of right field that severely dented an advertising sign on the outfield wall for his third triple of the game that scored Robertson from first. Koehler and Joed collected their fourth hits of the game with back to back singles into center, as Koehler picked up an RBI for sending Russ to home plate. Clay Carvalho capped a fine day at the plate with a line drive drilled into left field to score the fifth run and improve the Rebel lead to 17 to 7 headed into the final regulation inning.
The seventh, an open scoring inning, gave hope to Ohana as they got to Yates for four runs on 7 hits starting with Mike Curtis’ little looper over first into very shallow right field. Matsumoto hit a sinking screamer into left that Koehler raced in to grab at his shoe strings for the first out. Ohana then got to Yates with six straight hits falling (again) into the shallowest parts of the outfield. That brought in four runs and drew Ohana to within 6 runs as the bases were loaded with more potential tallies. The Rebels got out of the inning with their second double play of the game on a comebacker to the mound and a Yates to McCluskey to McCluskey gem of a play to end the contest.
The soft strokes of Ohana carved out 21 hits in seven innings that were good for their 11 runs. The Rebel defense was able to strand 11 of their runners on base. Yates walked one, hit two, and tossed four fastballs behind batters in a wild one to secure the win – his sixth of the year.
The Rebels put on one of their best hitting performance of the season with 28 hits and three five-run innings. Six of the 10 Rebel hitters were perfect at the plate accounting for 18 of those hits. Russ McCluskey, Mark Koehler and Joed McCluskey were red hot going 4 for 4 each. Larry Rego and Kit Alderete were 3 for 3. Clay Carvalho had another great game with a 2 for 3 performance. J Robertson and Myles Yoshida had two hits apiece.
The Rebels came up with six extra base hits – Alderete had the lone home run for the Rebels to go with the three triples from Russ McCluskey plus doubles for Rego and Yates.
The victory sets up the final outing of the year for the Rebels and gives them a 20 and 3 record for the season – a new team record for wins in a single season. They will be up bright and early for a breakfast encounter with the Islanders at Peter Rayno Park in Hanamaulu. The first pitch is slated for 9am. The Rebels will have a bye date for the final regular season contests the following week as they will begin preparations for the State Tournament in early August.
WP – Gary Yates (6-2)
LP – Frank Bukoski
Hits – Russ McCluskey 4-4, Mark Koehler 4-4, Joed McCluskey 4-4, Larry Rego 3-3, Kit Alderete 3-3, Clay Carvalho 3-4, Myles Yoshida 2-3,
J Robertson 2-4,
1B) Lambert Alapai, Gary Yates
Extra Base Hits – HR) Kit Alderete, 3B) Russ McCluskey (3), 2B) Gary Yates, Larry Rego
Runs Batted In –Russ McCluskey (4), Mark Koehler (3), Clay Carvalho (3), J Robertson (2), Gary Yates (2), Joed McCluskey (1), Larry Rego (1), Kit Alderete (1)